3 Things To Keep In Mind In The Garden This Fall

When Fall arrives the number of tasks to tackle in your garden can be overwhelming. That’s why we recommend to focus on the three key areas of planting, planning and preparing to water!


Fall is the best time to plant trees and shrubs.

As Ryan is known to say, if you can dig, you can plant!

People often think that because everything is going dormant, now isn’t the right time to plant. That’s a misconception. 

It’s all about the root establishment.

While the tree may be going dormant, the roots are not. The brilliance of planting in fall is that the roots will be very active because the tree doesn’t have to focus on growing leaves, fruits, blooms, etc. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, the root mass is growing.

This means a strong, healthy tree come spring!

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Be proactive before winter, and the heavy snow arrives!

To prepare for snow and freezing temperatures, be sure to wrap the trunk of deciduous trees –  especially newer trees with tender  bark (maples, beaches, etc.) 

Wrap the trunk from the base to the first scaffolding branches to protect them from sun scalding. It will be time to unwrap them around mid-April. Check out this video with Ryan to see step-by-step instructions.

For upright evergreens (Arborvitae, Junipers, etc.), it is important to wrap them with burlap prior to the onset of winter.  This will help prevent breakage caused by heavy snowfall.

Evergreen plants (conifers mostly, but anything that keeps its leaves/needles over the winter)  are at risk of winter burn.  When temperatures drop, winter desiccation happens where the plant will lose moisture due to both the cold as well as strong winter winds. It is extremely helpful to Apply Wilt-Pruf, an antitranspirant, to lock in moisture and prevent winter burn.


Make sure your trees & shrubs are getting enough water throughout the cold months, especially when they are young.

We live in an arid dry region that is experiencing a drought so, you must be vigilant. Find out the watering needs for the tree you’re planting, as well as the depth you need to plant your tree so that its roots can get adequate water. 

Many people think that snow melt is enough to water trees and shrubs, but it is not. That soft, fluffy snow melts down into very little water and does not reach those deep roots where the moisture is needed for the plant to live.

It’s important to remember that the ground does not stay frozen all the time, it thaws and refreezes throughout the season. When it thaws, those little roots are active and searching for a water source. Trees, shrubs, and even the perennials you planted in spring will still need winter watering. The snow melt alone won’t do the trick.  If you’re not sure how to water in the winter, there are two easy methods.

  1. Dump ice around the rootball area.  When temperatures are warm enough to need it, the ice will melt and soak into the soil around the roots.  Take a 16 oz tumbler and put 1-4 scoops per plant (smaller plants, such as a gallon-size perennial need only one scoop, larger plants like a 25-gallon tree, use four full scoops.)
  2. Drill a small hole in the bottom of a 5-gallon utility bucket.  Place the bucket so that the edge of it is against the trunk of the tree, and fill the bucket with water. Let it drip, slowly, onto the rootball area.  Do this one time during the winter for smaller plants and 2-3 times for larger trees/shrubs. 

We are just scratching the surface here for more helpful tips check out our YouTube channel’s GN 101 where you can find in depth gardening tips specifically designed for gardeners in the Salt Lake Valley.

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